Chicago Bears Coach Doesn’t Hold Back On RB D’Andre Swift

D'Andre Swift, Chicago Bears
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The Chicago Bears signed running back D’Andre Swift in free agency this past March, and head coach Matt Eberflus says that Swift was a big-time target right from the jump.

“Just a weapon back,” Eberflus said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “You know we really needed that guy that can really operate on third down and even on first or second down and be a weapon in the deep part of the field and the short part of the field and take it the distance. And he’s got a lot of gas.”

The Bears signed Swift to a three-year, $24 million deal very early on in the free-agent process, indicating just how much the club wanted to add him.

Apparently, Chicago is already liking what it is seeing from the halfback.

“D’Andre’s looked really good during this offseason,” Eberflus said. “Obviously as you guys know he’s really quick, he’s a weapon out of the backfield, which is outstanding for our passing game and it’s going to create some mismatches for us. He can do a lot of things from the backfield, we can split him out wide and run the full route tree, so he’s exciting to watch.”

Swift spent the 2023 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in 16 games and racking up 1,049 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He also caught 39 passes for 214 yards and a score en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

D’Andre Swift Is One of Many Offensive Weapons the Bears Added

Swift was the most immediate move the Bears made this offseason, but it was far from the only one.

Chicago also signed tight end Gerald Everett, which gives the club a very formidable duo of Everett and Cole Kmet at the position.

The Bears then went out and swung a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers to acquire wide receiver Keenan Allen, and, of course, they selected quarterback Caleb Williams and wide out Rome Odunze with the first and ninth overall picks of the NFL Draft.

Suddenly, Chicago has a lethal-looking receiving corps that already included DJ Moore, and Williams will have the opportunity to become the first 4,000-yard passer in Bears history.

Obviously, the game isn’t played on paper. Chicago needs to actually get out on the field and produce. However, it’s hard not to like what the Bears have done over the last several months.

We’ll see if D’Andre Swift and the rest of the new additions can help elevate Chicago back into the playoffs.

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